Imperial College London

Visiting Professor Ramana Nanda

Business School

Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance (visiting)



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1.06A53 Prince's GateSouth Kensington Campus





Ramana Nanda is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Imperial College London, and the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he is on a leave of absence for the academic year 2019-2020.

His research examines financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to help entrepreneurs with fundraising and to shed light on how financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas and technologies in the economy.

Ramana is a Research Associate in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the NBER.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking.  He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropic investors who use market-based solutions to address poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.



Nanda R, Barrot J-N, 2020, The Employment Effects of Faster Payment: Evidence from the Federal Quickpay Reform, The Journal of Finance, ISSN:0022-1082

Nanda R, Samila S, Sorenson O, 2020, The persistent effect of initial success: evidence from venture capital, Journal of Financial Economics, Vol:137, ISSN:0304-405X, Pages:231-248

Lerner J, Nanda R, 2020, Venture capital's role in financing innovation: what we know and how much we still need to learn, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol:34, ISSN:0895-3309, Pages:237-261

Barrot J-N, Nanda R, 2019, The employment effects of faster payment: evidence from the federal Quickpay reform, The Journal of Finance, ISSN:0022-1082

Comin D, Nanda R, 2019, Financial development and technology diffusion, Imf Economic Review, Vol:67, ISSN:2041-4161, Pages:395-419

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